What Are Some Famous Motivational Speeches?


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Some famous motivational speeches include Ellen DeGeneres' graduation speech at Tulane University in 2009 and Charlie Munger's graduation speech at the University of California's law school in 2007. U.S. President Ronald Reagan also offers many motivational speeches including his speech at the Brandenburg Gate.

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When addressing graduates, DeGeneres tells students to learn from past experiences. She says that working hard brings success regardless of a person's individual characteristics. DeGeneres warns students not to follow others, unless, of course, they find themselves lost in the woods.

Similarly, Munger warns students not to stop learning after graduation. Munger says that success depends on what a person learns after school. Munger says that learning brings advancements in computers, finance, engineering and biology.

In his motivational speech in 1987, Reagan stands at the Brandenburg Gate and pleads with Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." Rebels demolish the Berlin Wall only a couple years later. History credits Reagan's speech as a powerful political motivator that prompts activists to seek the wall's destruction.

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